Dallas Mavericks biggest question heading into season: 2. Who plays the five?
The Mavs have a few position battles heading into training camp, but none is bigger than what they do at center. Dallas signed Reggie Bullock to a three-year $30 million contract this offseason. He started in New York and is one of the Mavericks five best players, but placing him in the opening five likely means playing Kristaps Porzingis at the five.
How much will new head coach Jason Kidd want to use the Unicorn as his center? Does he start him there on the opening night of the regular season? How will KP hold up if he plays the majority of his minutes at the five?
The Mavericks have a glut of options behind Porzingis. Dwight Powell, Willie Cauley-Stein, Boban Marjanovic, and Moses Brown will all play the majority of their minutes at the five this season. Maxi Kleber could see time at the position, but Dallas’ logjam makes it unlikely. If KP starts at the five, there will only be rotation minutes for one or two of Powell, Cauley-Stein, Boban, and Brown. It will be a wild battle for minutes on a nightly basis.
The Dallas Mavericks could look to trade away a big man as they attempt to improve their roster before the trade deadline. With all five options in Dallas, it will be a battle for minutes all season long, even if Kristaps Porzingis sees the majority of his minutes at the four.